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Jane doe wrote at 2012-05-31 03:47:21
I recently went to cancune , came home about four to six weeks later started itching tried head lice remedy every week , no help , have noticed something flying out of hair that  resembles a fruit fly ! Have gone to doctor and dermatologist , , they say I'm delusional but as god is my witness I know what I saw , my next course is to shave my head ! Any  ideas  

Sandy wrote at 2012-10-21 20:26:01
I recently went to cancune also , came home head itching did lice treatment did no good , found bumps on scalp , shake hair black things fall out and eventually saw bug with beige wings fly out of my hair , seem to keep it from getting worse by bathing in vinegar and baking sod Al's a scalp shampoo , now I think cat has it also , anybody got any ideAs , also where could I take a same for this bug to be identified ?

Tweety wrote at 2012-12-11 00:28:06
My daughter had the same thing--small dark insects that flew out of her hair. We are

In Alabama, United states

It makes you wonder if there is a new species of lice out there.

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Ed Saugstad


Will accept most questions in general entomology, including those related to medical entomology, taxonomy, ecology, arthropod surveillance, and pest management. If you are requesting a 'mystery bug' identification, PLEASE either attach an image to your question, or post an image on a web page (such as Flickr) so that I can look at it, as verbal descriptions frequently are insufficient for a definitive identification.


21 years in the U.S. Army as a medical entomologist; duties varied from surveillance of pest populations (including mosquitoes, cockroaches, ticks, and stored products pests) to conducting research on mosquito-virus ecological relationships and mosquito faunal studies. Ten years as a civilian analyst for the Department of Defense, primarily on distribution of vector-borne diseases worldwide. Limited experience on surveillance of agricultural insects in North Dakota and Indiana.

Entomological Society of America, West Virginia Entomological Society, Society for Vector Ecology, National Speleological Society, West Virginia Association for Cave Studies.

American Journal of Public Health, Contributions of the American Entomological Institute, Japanese Journal of Sanitary Zoology, Journal of Economic Entomology, Mosquito News, and Mosquito Systematics.

B.S. in entomology from North Dakota State University in 1963, M.S. in entomology from Purdue University in 1967.

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